Two killed in Kherson hotel strike: pro-Moscow officials – Kyiv Post
A missile strike on a hotel.
Pro-Russian authorities in the occupied city of Kherson in southern Ukraine accused Kyiv forces of killing two people, including a former lawmaker, in a missile strike on a hotel on Sunday.
“Today, at around 05:30 (02:30 GMT) on September 25, Ukrainian Armed Forces fired a missile at the Play Hotel by Ribas” in Kherson, the Russian-controlled regional administration said in a statement.
“According to preliminary data, two people died in this terrorist act. Rescuers are still digging through the rubble to search for victims. »
Regional official Kirill Stremousov said Oleksiy Jouravko, a former pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker, was among the dead.
Authorities said reporters from Russian media were in the hotel when the missile hit.
Public broadcaster RT released footage purporting to show one of its cameramen being pulled from a pile of rubble.
The claims could not be independently verified.
They come as pro-Moscow authorities in four Ukrainian regions, including Kherson, are holding referendums on joining Russia.
Kyiv and its Western allies have condemned the votes, which are due to continue until Tuesday, as illegitimate.
Kherson fell to Russian troops soon after the conflict began in February. The city is located in an area where Ukrainian forces have launched a large-scale counter-offensive.